tuk tuk

Have you ever ridden in a tuk tuk (pronounced, “took took”)?  A tuk tuk is a motorized, sputtering, three-wheeled taxi.  I have been fascinated with tuk tuks since we traveled to Guatemala and rode around in one of these several times a day.  They are typically cheaper than a conventional taxi, but the ride is not the most comfortable.  The great thing is that its little size allows it to slip into many places a car could not.  I think if you travel where these are popular, a ride in one is mandatory for an authentic cultural experience.  We saw many different types of these tuk tuk vehicles in Peru.

 

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Many people refer to tuk tuks as a motorized rickshaw.  Characterized by a sheet-metal body or open frame resting on three wheels, a canvas roof with drop-down side curtains, a small cabin at the front to accommodate the driver with a steering wheel or handlebar controls, and cargo and or passenger space at the rear are typical of a tuk tuk.

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Although styles of tuk tuks may differ throughout the world, most are small, colorful, and an adventure to ride in. If you are in a hot and humid area, think twice before getting into a tuk tuk for a long ride as they do not have air conditioning. If other places are like Central and South America, I think you can count on most of them coming standard with a fast driver who will maneuver quickly between cars.

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Want to experience a tuk tuk while in the US, then take a trip to Denver where you can ride in an eTuk or an electric tuk tuk.   The company making these vehicles sees themselves as yet another transportation option aimed at a car-less generation.  So maybe a few years from now they will be as common as Uber.

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About Tina

Tina has been a public school teacher, a book dealer and most recently a Traditional Naturopathic Doctor. She combines her passions for learning, adventure and people in this blog. She was the author of two newspaper columns on health in CA. Now she is an young retiree living in Cuenca Ecuador fulfilling one her dreams which was to live in another country.

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